British parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

By Sara Shayanian  |  Nov. 13, 2017 at 1:22 PM
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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- British Parliament will get a final binding vote on the country's leaving the European Union, London official David Davis told lawmakers Monday.

Davis, the secretary of state for Britain's leaving the EU, said the terms of a final deal -- including transition deals or agreements on citizen rights -- would have to become law and approved by members of parliament.

He also said, "the agreement will only hold if Parliament approves it."

Parliament being given power over the deal comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May remains under pressure to offer lawmakers a chance to vote on any deal about Britain's exit from the EU.

"Once we've reached an agreement, we will bring forward a specific piece of primary legislation to implement that agreement," David said.

"This also means that parliament will... debate, scrutinize and vote on the final agreement we strike with the European Union. This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it."

Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019, regardless of whether MPs back or reject the proposed deal.

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